Research and Sponsored Programs

Human Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee FAQ

Listed below are frequently asked questions regarding human stem cell research and the HSCRO committee at The University of Toledo. Please contact the HSCRO Administrator ( if you have additional questions.

What types of stem cells are regulated by the UToledo HSCRO Committee?
  • Human Embryonic Stem Cells (hESC)
  • Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (hiPSC)
  • Adult Stem Cells
  • Fetal Tissue Stem Cells
What are the regulatory bodies overseeing HSCRO research?
Is there any research that is not permitted here at UToledo?


The following are restrictions based upon federal and University guidelines.

  • Researchers may only conduct hESC research using those hESC lines that appear on the NIH Human Embryonic Stem Cell Registry.
  • Researchers are not permitted to be involved directly in the development of new hESC lines from human embryos or blastocysts using blastocysts created through somatic cell nuclear transfer. Somatic cell nuclear transfer is taking an oocyte (egg cell) and implant a donor nucleus from a body (somatic) cell.
  • Researchers are not permitted to be involved in human research involving somatic cell nuclear transfer techniques for the purpose of reproductive cloning.
  • Researchers are not permitted to conduct research in which hESCs or hiPSCs are introduced into a non-human primate embryo or blastocysts.
  • Researchers are not permitted to breed animals in which hESCs or hiPSCs have been introduced at any stage of development.
Last Updated: 3/21/23